Location-based redirection, also known as geo-based redirection or geolocation, is a commonly used solution for websites serving an international audience. Websites employing this tactic send users from various regions or languages to a local version of the page they’re trying to access, based on their IP address. Many international brands (including Google itself) rely on geolocation to speak to international audiences in their native tongues. Geolocation can even be used domestically on a state or city level to speak more directly to your users.
While location-based redirects provide the advantage of reaching users in other locales, failure to implement technical SEO best practices can result in some costly setbacks. Keep reading to learn more about how to use geolocation without wrecking your site’s SEO.